GUJRANWALA - Short circuit-induced massive fire wreaked havoc here in Old Sabzi Mandi and gutted at least 60 shops and 70 makeshift shops.
According to rescue sources, the fire erupted due to an electric short circuit at a UPS shop in Qaisra Bazaar which engulfed the neighbouring shops. Strong wind also aided the fire to spread rapidly which soon engulfed the entire bazaar.
Fire tenders and rescue workers besides owners of shops and local people rushed to the scene to put out the fire and avert losses.
The fire-tenders confronted severe problem in dousing the fire due to congested area and narrow streets. The fire was extinguished after hectic efforts for more than two and half hours. In the meantime, 60 shops and 70 makeshift shops were gutted, causing millions of rupee losses. On the other hand, locals and shops owners blamed that rescuers arrived at the scene hours after the fire erupted that reduced the shops into ashes. They said that they kept calling the fire brigade for hours but to no avail.
The affectees demanded the provincial government for action against the authorities concerned for negligence and compensation of their losses.
More than 36 children, suffering from viral disease measles were admitted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) up to Saturday evening. Majority of the children belong to rural areas of the district.
According to hospital In-charge Dr Israr, a special ward has been set up in the hospital for measles-affected children. Moreover, a counter to provide information and educate the masses about precautionary measures has also been set up in the hospital.  On the other hand, the public is of the opinion that it is the prime duty of the District Officer Health (DHO) to conduct a door-to-door survey to ascertain the number of children suffering from measles.
36 measles-bitten kids hospitalised: More than 36 children, suffering from viral disease measles were admitted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) up to Saturday evening. Majority of the children belong to rural areas of the district.
According to hospital In-charge Dr Israr, a special ward has been set up in the hospital for measles-affected children. Moreover, a counter to provide information and educate the masses about precautionary measures has also been set up in the hospital. 
On the other hand, the public is of the opinion that it is the prime duty of the District Officer Health (DHO) to conduct a door-to-door survey to ascertain the number of children suffering from measles.